AITP Meet N’ Greet at Johnny Carino’s

 This month the Northwest Arkansas Association of IT Professionals is having a Meet N’ Greet at Johnny Carino’s in Rogers [MAP].  This is a networking social even so be sure to bring plenty of business cards. The AITP is also in the process of doing AITP NWA Officers elections. 

If you would like to be considered for a position contact Cindy Ragan. We will vote by email to ensure we get a majority of the membership voting in the election. Only NWA AITP members can vote in an election.

The Association of Technology Professionals is a comprised of career minded individuals who seek to expand their potential — employers, employees, managers, programmers and many others. Meeting Information: Thursday, July 31, 2008, 6:00 PM Johnny Carino’s [MAP] 535 N 46th Street Rogers, AR

NWA IIBA Chapter Kick-Off Meeting Tonight

I wanted let everyone know about the meeting tonight to form a Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the Institute of Business Analysis.  The Institute of Business Analysis was formed in October 2003 and is the independent non-profit professional association serving the growing field of business analysis. 

Get involved in the formation of the Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the IIBA, the meeting is July 21st, 2008 and will be held to at the First Baptist Church Of Springdale from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

Objective/Goals

The Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the IIBA hopes to provide local members and those who are interested in becoming members the following:

  • Opportunity to learn more about the IIBA
  • Ability to network peers
  • Information on how you can influence and contribute to the BA profession.
  • Opportunity to learn and share best practices

Getting Started

The kick-off meeting provides an opportunity to ask questions about the IIBA and chapter formation and determine if we have at least 15 IIBA members or potential members who are interested in forming a new chapter.

Agenda

7:30-7:45 PM – Networking
7:45-7:55 PM – IIBA President greeting
7:55-8:05 PM – Introduction of the IIBA and 2008 objectives
8:05-8:20 PM – Formation of a NW Arkansas chapter
8:20-8:30 PM – Q&A and wrap up

Summary:

When July 21st, 2008
  7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Where First Baptist Church Of Springdale
  1709 Johnson Road
Springdale, AR 72762 [MAP]
RSVP Gene Krashenin at ekrashenin@cox.net

Northwest Arkansas GiveCamp Organizing

Recently I have been involved with working with a few charity organizations in the area that are in need of some technical assistance in getting sites going, and etc.  It started out as just one organization, but that one has grown to many.  I have had two phone calls this week.  So, I figure it is well time for a GiveCamp in Northwest Arkansas.

What is a GiveCamp?
A GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where software developers, designers, and database administrators donate their time to create custom software for non-profit organizations.  This custom software could be a new website, a small data-collection application for member tracking, or an online informational site for families with children suffering form down-syndrome.

A team at a GiveCamp is made up of the non-profit and the development team.  The GiveCamp team work together to create the application needed by the non-profit.  The team may work as many hours as needed.  In a recent We Are Microsoft Charity Challenge Weekend in January 2008 I worked over 86 hours over the weekend for three different teams.

At the Give Camp, there is an expectation of “What Happens at Give Camp, Stays at Give Camp”. Therefore, all source code must be turned over to the charities at the end of the weekend (developers cannot ask for payment) and the charities are responsible for maintaining the code moving forward (charities cannot expect the developers to maintain the codebase).  That being said, many teams I worked with at the We Are Microsoft Charity Challenge Weekend put the codebase into an online source code repository and continued to work with the non-profit to add new features.  The main point is that the coding is being done for the non-profits so it must be owned by them in the end.

Call for Volunteers!
So, I am posting this looking for people that would form the core team for this event.  I already have a couple of people that have offered assistance, but it will take a lot more.  I will be organizing a Meet & Greet event so that the core team can get to know each other and we can assign rolls.

If you are interested in playing a role in the NWA GiveCamp please contact me at jay@jaysmith.us.

GiveCamp Resources:
The GiveCamp Alliance
We Are Microsoft Charity Challenge Weekend
Coders4Charities

SharePoint Features at NWA .NET User Group

Zach Young, Vice President of the NWA .NET User Group has posted an updated regarding the groups August 5, 2008 meeting.  Steve Walker, colleague and friend will be presenting on SharePoint Features.

Steve Walker is a Senior Consultant for Microsoft Consulting Services in the South Central Region. Steve has been developing enterprise applications for well over a decade and currently specializes in development on the WSS3.0 and MOSS 2007 platforms but has extensive experience in security, infrastructure, Service Oriented Architecture and general .NET Development for the desktop and the web.

Session Description:  Microsoft SharePoint 2007 is an incredible development platform for building pretty much any type of web application that you currently build today. We will cover how to extend SharePoint through the use of features and solution deployment packages. We will cover some best practices that I have learned while developing on this powerful and robust development platform. Bring your SharePoint development questions as we will have an open QA after the formal presentation.

You can find out more info about this at the Northwest Arkansas .NET User Group, here is a direct link to the calendar event here.

This months meeting location is NWACC Corporate Learning at 4004 N. College Ave, Ste L. Fayetteville, AR.

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